9 Tips for a Successful Visa Application in Australia


Before embarking on your Australian adventure, there’s an important step you need to take: the visa application process.

Dealing with visa requirements can often be overwhelming, with various forms, documentation, and procedures to consider. That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive guide to help you successfully navigate the Australian visa application process with confidence.

Whether you’re a skilled professional seeking an employment opportunity, a student in search of qualifications, or a tourist on the lookout for an exciting experience, understanding the ‘ins and outs’ of the visa application process is vital.


1. Select the Appropriate Visa


A variety of visas and pathways are available in Australia. Analysing your options and the differences between them, with your primary goals in mind, is crucial.

Are you looking to work in Australia?

There are over 20 types of skilled visas available, all with their own rights and pathways to permanent residency, including:

Is it one of your goals to become an Australian permanent resident and Australian citizen?

Not all visa pathways lead to permanent residency, so you will need to plan your visa with this in mind.

Some of the most common Australian visas include:


2. Collect All Necessary Documents


Before applying for your visa, you must locate all relevant documents for your application.

This will vary depending on the visa you are applying for and may include:

  • CV and resume;
  • academic transcript;
  • birth certificate;
  • financial statements;
  • evidence that you are in a genuine long-term relationship; or
  • evidence that you are married to an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Visa applicants must provide accurate and complete information in their visa application. They must also be prepared to provide the Department of Home Affairs (‘Department’) with additional information if required.

Tip: Be proactive. Have everything ready from the outset to avoid delays with your application.


3. Examine Prior Applications’ Impact on Your Application


Have you previously had an Australian visa application refused or denied? If so, it may (likely) impact your application.

For example, you may be Section 48 Barred if your visa application has been refused by the Department since last arriving in Australia and you no longer hold a substantive visa. Several factors impact whether an applicant can reapply for their refused visa.

Moreover, if you have previously held a substantive visa and you are seeking to apply for another substantive visa while onshore, you may be barred and your visa options may be limited.


4. Adhere to the Application Process Thoroughly


In addition to collecting all relevant documents, it is crucial to follow all steps in the visa process carefully, such as paying the application fees and correctly completing all required forms.

Adhering to these steps will go a long way to ensuring your application is successful and processed as quickly as possible.

Tip: If your visa is refused, it will (likely) impact any future Australian visa applications. You can read more about this here.


5. Health & Character Requirements


All visa applicants must satisfy specific health and character requirements to be eligible for a visa.

You should be transparent about any health-related issues you have. Having health issues does not mean your visa will be refused, but misleading the Department by hiding essential information almost certainly will.

Additionally, applicants will meet the character requirements if their visa application shows no substantial criminal record and good general behaviour.


6. Dependants & Family


Many visas allow applicants to include family members in their application if they are considered dependent. The term dependent is often limited to members of the family unit under the age of 18 years.

Visas that allow for dependants include:

  1. Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa
  2. Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa
  3. Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa
  4. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa
  5. Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) visa

Furthermore, family members may also be eligible to be included in your application or to apply alongside you.

They must also meet the eligibility criteria and satisfy the health and character requirements set by the Department.

Some visas also allow family members to be included after the primary applicant has submitted their application but before a decision has been made by the Department.


7. Prepare for the Visa Interview


Some visa applications require an interview, such as the Student (Subclass 500) visa.

It goes without saying, but preparation will increase your chance of success.

Preparing for your visa interview includes understanding why you’re being interviewed, knowing your short- and long-term goals in Australia, and knowing your study/living/working plans in Australia, just to name a few.

Are you able to answer these questions?


8. Consult with a Migration Team


Migration agents and legal practitioners based in Australia possess a comprehensive understanding of migration law and the procedures established by the Department. They leverage their expertise to provide guidance and assistance to their clients.

Our migration team provide specialist advice and helps with applications for all migration and citizenship matters. Our migration services include:

  • Assessing your visa eligibility;
  • Mapping your pathway to permanent residency and citizenship;
  • Assisting with gathering support documents;
  • Submitting visa applications; and
  • Responding to the Department on your behalf.

Read more about our migration services here.


9. Be Patient


Visa applications can take weeks, months, or even years to be processed. There are various reasons for such timeframes.

There may also be delays due to influences beyond your control, such as the volume of applications received and how long it takes for the Department to receive information from external agencies.

It is important to keep processing times in mind when lodging your application.

Tip: The Department provides an approximate processing time for each visa on its website.


Contact Us


For more information about our 9 tips for a successful visa application in Australia, contact Bambrick Legal today. We can confirm your eligibility and help you apply for your visa.

Read more about our Australian migration and citizenship services here.

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